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Marina Del Rey

Marriage Ceremonies

Registrar-Recorder/County  Clerk
Division  Manager of Public Records
P.O. Box 53130, Los Angeles 90053-0130
Phone  (562) 462-2081
Hours:  Mon. - Fri. 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Hours:  Third Thursday of the month 8 a.m. - 7   p.m.

Civil  Ceremony

Conducts  marriage ceremonies at the Norwalk  office and branch offices by appointment only.   The fee is $25.

The  department cannot guarantee a marriage license will be issued on the same day  as the appointment for the ceremony, so couples must obtain a license prior to  the date their ceremony is to be performed. At least one witness must be  present at the ceremony unless the couple is marrying using a confidential  marriage license. Couples are responsible for bringing their own witnesses.  If they do not have a witness, one can be  provided for a fee of $18.
Deputy Commissioner for a Day Program
Deputizes individuals  for a day to allow them to perform a marriage ceremony.  Individuals must fill out form provided on  the web or send in a letter detailing the:
  • Full  name of the person to be deputized.
  • Telephone number and address to contact that person.
  • Name of the parties.
  • Date of the wedding.
  • Location of the wedding.

Letters or applications must include a check  or money order for $75, made payable to RR/CC, two months prior to the wedding.  Applications received less than one month prior to the wedding, if accepted,  will be subject to a $13 expediting fee. Mail the letter or application to:
    Deputy  Commissioner For A Day
    Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk
    12400 Imperial Hwy.,  Rm. 5001A, Norwalk  90650
Once the letter and fee are received, a  confirmation letter of approval will be sent to the sender. The confirmation  letter will request the individual who is to be deputized to make an  appointment to be sworn in. Individuals are deputized on Thursdays at 11 a.m. and only by appointment. No  appointments will be issued without the fee being paid.
For emergency situations where an individual  cannot be deputized on Thursday, accommodations will be made if staff is  available. There will be a nominal fee.
Individuals coming to the office to be  deputized should expect an hour’s wait.  Deputies  may bring one guest.
The $75 fee is non-refundable; however, it  can be applied to another deputy appointment within the same calendar year.
The position of justice of the peace does not  exist in the State of California.  The following authorized persons may perform  marriage ceremonies in this state: a member of clergy of any religious  denomination, California  state judge or retired judge, commissioner of civil marriages, federal judges  or retired federal judge, current legislator or constitutional officer of California, and current member  of Congress who represents a district within California.

Marriage Certificates (After Marriage)

Registrar-Recorder/County  Clerk
  12400 Imperial Hwy., Rm.  1002, Norwalk  90650
  Phone  (562) 462-2137
  Hours:  Mon. - Fri., 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  Hours:  Third Thursday of the month 8 a.m. - 7   p.m.
  Website: or
  Issues  copies of newly filed certificates approximately four to six weeks after the  certificate has been received for filing.
  To  request a copy of a marriage certificate by mail, please include the following  information:  Bride's full name, groom's  full name, bride's name prior to marriage, and date of marriage (if known), or  the range of years to be checked, number of copies you need, and include a pre-addressed  stamped envelope.  A check or money order  in the amount of $13 made out to the Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk must be  included along with name and address of person requesting copy.  Send request to:  Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk Marriage  Records, P.O. Box 53120,   Los Angeles, CA   90053-0120.  It takes approximately 15 working days to process  requests.
  For  expedited requests, you may:
  Place an order via the Internet at  or using a major credit card (MasterCard, Visa, American  Express, or Discover). The fee is $13 for the certificate. Expedited service is  available only to individuals applying for a certified copy. Expedited orders  will be processed within three working days of receipt. Credit card orders will  be returned by regular mail unless Express Mail delivery is requested, which  costs an additional $17.50. A $6 special handling fee will be charged on all  credit card orders in addition to the copy fee.   If purchased online through VitalCheck, the fee is $18.50.
  Confidential Marriage:
  (562)  462-2137
  Requests  for marriage records may be made at the Norwalk  or branch offices.  For a list of  offices, see “Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk Branch Offices.”
  A  valid identification for orders submitted in person will be requested.

Marriage License (Before Marriage)

Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk
12400 Imperial Hwy., Norwalk 90650
Phone (562) 462-2137
Hours: Mon. - Fri., 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Hours: Third Thursday of the month 8 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Website: or

A regular marriage license may be used in any county in California; however, a confidential marriage license must be used in the county in which the license was purchased.

To obtain a marriage license, you must be at least 18, have a valid picture identification, and a certified copy of dissolution if divorced within the last two years. The fee for a regular or a confidential marriage license is $70.

Marriage licenses may be obtained at the Norwalk Main Office; branch offices in East Los Angeles, Lancaster and Van Nuys; and courthouses in Beverly Hills and Los Angeles (LAX Airport).

To obtain a license from the Norwalk Main Office, you must be at the office no later than 4 p.m. to process the application on the same day.

Applications processed after 4 p.m. may be placed on “will-call pick-up” on the next business day.  Call the branch office regarding the processing time at that location.  For a list of the branch offices, see “Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk Branch Offices.”

Massage Technicians/Therapists

(See “Licenses”)

Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health Program

Public Health, Department of
600 S. Commonwealth Ave., 8th Flr., Los Angeles 90005
Phone (213) 639-6400

Black Infant Health Program
Breastfeeding Support Program
Child and Adolescent Health Program
Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program
Children’s Health Outreach Initiative
Comprehensive Perinatal Services Program
Fetal Infant Mortality Review Project
Los Angeles Mommy and Baby Project
Newborn Screening Program
Nurse Family Partnership Program
Prenatal Care Guidance Program
Research, Evaluation, and Planning
Sudden Infant Death Syndrome Program

800-LA-4-LEAD or 800-524 5323

Plans, implements and evaluates services that address the health priorities and primary needs of infants, mothers, fathers, children and adolescents, and their families. Accomplishes these goals through ongoing assessment, policy development and quality assurance activities.

Meeting and Entertainment Facilities

Mental Health, Department of

Administrative Headquarters
550 S. Vermont Ave., 12th Flr., Los Angeles 90020
Phone (213) 738-4601

Mental Health (DMH) is the largest county mental health department in the United States. It directly operates more than 75 program sites and more than 100 co-located sites with Department of Children and Family Services, Department of Public Social Services, Probation Department, Mental Health Court, Los Angeles Police Department, County hospitals, and jails; and contracts with more than 1,000 providers, including non-governmental agencies and individual practitioners who provide a spectrum of mental health services to people of all ages to support hope, wellness, and recovery.

Mental health services provided include screenings and assessments, case management, self-help peer support groups, outreach to homeless still living on the street, crisis intervention, medication support, peer support and other recovery services. Services are provided in multiple settings, including residential facilities, clinics, schools, hospitals, county jails, juvenile halls and camps, urgent care centers, mental health courts, board-and-care homes, in the field and in homes. Special emphasis is placed on addressing co-occurring mental health disorders and other health problems associated with addiction. The department also provides counseling to victims of natural or manmade disasters, their families and emergency first responders.

The department is responsible for protecting patients’ rights in all public and private hospitals and programs providing mental health care and treatment, and all contracted community-based programs. The department also serves as the public guardian for individuals considered gravely disabled by mental illness, and handles conservatorship investigations for the County.

The Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) has allowed for the development and implementation of full service partnership programs, wellness centers and alternative crisis services, as well as navigator teams and field capable clinical services for all age groups.  Services are provided by licensed and waived professionals as well as past and current mental health clients and family members.  For the year 2008-2009, 94,324 clients were served by one or more MHSA-funded programs. 

ACCESS Information / Emergency Hotline 
Toll-free 24-hour, 7 day referral 
Phone (800) 854-7771
TDD: (562) 651-2549

County-Wide Disaster Response Services
Phone (800) 854-7771

Patients’ Rights Office
550 S. Vermont Ave., 6th Flr., Los Angeles 90020
Phone (213) 738-4888
Phone (800) 700-9996
(Mental Health recipients lacking funds may call toll-free)

Protects and furthers the rights of mental health care recipients. Provides representation and advocacy for mental health consumers in psychiatric hospitals and outpatient agencies. Handles complaints, represents consumers at probable cause and medication capacity hearings, provides education, training and outreach, participates in legislative process. Handles problems and complaints in residential facilities.

Service Area: 1

Antelope Valley Mental Health Center 
349-A E. Ave. K-6, Lancaster 93535
Phone (661) 723-4264
Walk-ins 8 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Mon. – Fri.
(Wellness Center)

Challenger Mental Health Unit
5300 W. Ave. 1, Lancaster 95356
Phone (661) 940-4051

Palmdale Mental Health Center 
1529 E. Palmdale Blvd., Ste. 150, Palmdale 93550
Phone (661) 575-1800
Walk-ins 8 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Mon. and Wed.

National Mental Health Association Palmdale
1609 E. Palmdale Blvd., Palmdale 93550
Phone (661) 947-1595
(Client Run Wellness Center)

Service Area: 2

Asian Pacific Counseling & Treatment Center
5900 Sepulveda Blvd., # 425, Van Nuys 91411
Phone (818) 267-1100
Open 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Mon. – Fri.

Barry J. Nidorf Juvenile Hall MH Unit
16350 Filbert St., Sylmar 91342
Phone (818) 364-2078

Center for Family Living
14545 Sherman Circle, Van Nuys 91405
Phone (818) 901-4854
Walk-ins 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Mon. – Thurs.
Fri. 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. (no walk-ins)

Child & Family Center
21545 Centre Pointe Parkway, Santa Clarita 91350
Phone (661) 259-9439
Open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mon. – Fri.

Hillview Mental Health Center
12450 Van Nuys Blvd., # 200, Pacoima 91331
Phone (818) 896-1161
Walk-ins 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Mon. – Fri.
(Wellness Center)

MacDonald Carey East Valley Mental Health Center
11631 Victory Blvd., Ste. 203, North Hollywood 91606
Phone (818) 908-3855
Walk-ins 9 a.m. - 3p.m. Mon. – Fri.

San Fernando Mental Health Center
10605 Balboa Blvd., Ste. 100, Granada Hills 91344
Phone (818) 832-2400
Walk-ins 8 a. m. - 5 p.m. Mon. – Fri.
(Client Run Wellness Center)

Santa Clarita Valley Mental Health Center
Phone (661) 288-4800
23501 Cinema Dr., Ste. 210, Valencia 91355
Walk-ins 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Mon. – Fri.

Valley Coordinated Children Services
19231 Victory Blvd., Ste. 110, Reseda 91335
Phone (818) 708-4500

Verdugo Mental Health Center 
1540 E. Colorado St., Glendale 91205
Phone (818) 244-7257
Walk-ins 9 a.m. - 3:45 p.m. Mon. – Fri.
(closed for lunch 12 p.m. - 1p.m.)
New patients must have Medicare/Medi-Cal and live in service area.

West Valley Mental Health Center
6800 Owensmouth Ave., # 160, Canoga Park 91304
Phone (818) 598-6900
Appointment only
(Wellness Center)

Service Area: 3

Arcadia Mental Health Center 
330 E. Live Oak Ave., Arcadia 91006
Phone (626) 821-5858
Walk-ins 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Mon., Wed. and Fri.
Orientation Tues. 8:45 a.m.
(Wellness Center)

ENKI – La Puente Valley Mental Health Center
160 S. Seventh Ave., La Puente 91744
Phone (626) 961-8971
Appointment only

Pacific Clinics
70 N. Hudson Ave., Pasadena 91101
Phone (626) 795-8471
Walk-ins must register first by calling (877) 722-2737

Prototypes I-Can
2555 E. Colorado Blvd., Ste. 100, Pasadena 91107
Phone (626) 577-2261

Tri-City Mental Health Center 
2008 N. Garey Ave., Pomona 91767
Phone (909) 623-6131
Walk-ins 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. or 1 p.m. -3 p.m. Mon. – Fri.
Must reside in Pomona, La Verne or Claremont

Social Model Recovery System
510 S. Second Ave., Covina 91723
Phone (626) 332-3145
(Wellness Center)

Pacific Clinics
66 Hurlbut St., Pasadena 91105
Phone (626) 441-4221
(Client Run Wellness Center)

Service Area: 4

Asian Pacific Counseling & Treatment Centers
520 S. Lafayette Park Pl., Ste. 300, Los Angeles 90057
Phone (213) 252-2100
Walk-ins 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Mon. – Fri.

Central Juvenile Hall
1605 Eastlake Ave., Los Angeles 90033
Phone (323) 226-8806

Downtown Mental Health Center 
529 S. Maple Ave., Los Angeles 90013
Phone (213) 430-6700
Walk-ins 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Mon. – Fri.
(Wellness Center)

Hollywood Mental Health Center 
1224 Vine St., Los Angeles 90038
Phone (323) 769-6100
Walk-ins 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. Mon. – Fri.
(Wellness Center)

North East Mental Health Center
5321 Via Marisol, Los Angeles 90042
Phone (323) 478-8200
Open 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Mon. – Fri.
Walk-ins open at 8 a.m. first come, first served
(See Wellness Center)

L.I.F.E. (Life Independence Future and Empowerment)
2120 W. 8th St., Ste. 210, Los Angeles 90057
Phone (213) 368-1889
(Client Run Wellness Center)

Service Area: 5

Didi Hirsch
4760 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Culver City 90230
Phone (310) 390-6612
Walk-ins open 1 p.m. - 2 p.m. Mon. – Fri.

Edelman Westside Mental Health Center 
11080 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles 90064
Phone (310) 966-6500
Walk-ins 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. Mon. – Thurs.

Edelman Wellness Center 
1990 Westwood Blvd., Los Angeles 90002
Phone (310) 966-6500

Step Up on Second
1328 Second St., Santa Monica 90405
Phone (310) 394-6889

Westside Center for Independent Living (WCIL)
12901 Venice Blvd., Los Angeles 90066
Phone (310) 390-3611
(Client Run Wellness Centers)

Service Area: 6

Compton Mental Health Center
921 Compton Blvd., Compton 90220
Phone (310) 668-6800
Walk-ins 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. Tues. and Thurs.
(Wellness Center)

Compton Child and Family Services Center 
457 S. Long Beach Blvd., Compton 90221
Phone (310) 223-0334
Kedren Community Health Center 
4211 S. Avalon Blvd., Los Angeles 90011
Phone (323) 233-0425
Walk-ins 8:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. Mon. – Fri.

Martin Luther King Jr. /Drew Medical Center – Augustus Hawkins
1720 E. 120th St., Los Angeles 90059
Phone (310) 668-4271
Walk-ins 8 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Mon. – Fri.

West Central Family MHS
3751 Stocker St., Los Angeles 90008
Phone (323) 298-3680
Walk-ins 8 a.m. - 10 a.m. Mon. – Fri., first come, first served
(Wellness Center)

Exodus Recovery
8401 S. Vermont Ave., Los Angeles 90044
Phone (323) 789-6492
(Wellness Center)

National Mental Health Association
11905 Central Ave., Los Angeles 90059
Phone (323) 346-0960
(Wellness Center)

3881 S. Western, Los Angeles 90062
Phone (213) 381-9475
(Wellness Center)

Service Area: 7

ENKI-East LA MHS-Commerce
1436 Goodrich Blvd., Commerce 90022
Phone (323) 725-1337
Open 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Mon. – Fri.
Appointment only

Dorothy Kirby Center 
1500 S. McDonnell Ave., Los Angeles 90022
Phone (323) 981-4318

Los Padrinos Juvenile Hall MH Unit
7285 E. Quill Dr., Downey 90242
Phone (562) 940-6077

Pacific Clinics
11721 E. Telegraph Rd., #A, Santa Fe Springs 90670
Phone (562) 949-8455
Must register with call center (877) 722-2737 to make appointment
(Wellness Center)

Rio Hondo Mental Health Center 
17707 Studebaker Rd., Cerritos 90703
Phone (562) 402-0688
Open 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Mon. - Fri.
Walk-ins Mon. Tues and Thurs. 8 a.m. - 10 a.m.
first come, first served
(Wellness Center)

Roybal Family MHS 
4701 Cesar Chavez Ave., Rm. 222, Los Angeles 90022
Phone (323) 267-3400

San Antonio Mental Health Center 
2629 Clarendon Ave., Huntington Park 90255
Phone (323) 584-3700

California Hispanic Commission 
10012 Norwalk Blvd., Santa Fe Springs 90670
Phone (323) 222-4591
(Client Run Wellness Center)

Service Area: 8

Didi Hirsch Community Mental Health Center
111 N. La Brea Ave., Ste. 500, Inglewood 90301
Phone (310) 677-7808
Open 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Mon. – Fri.
Appointment only

Harbor-UCLA Med. Center / Adult Outpatient
1000 W. Carson St., Torrance 90509
Phone (310) 222-3151
Open 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Mon. – Fri.
Appointment only
(Wellness Center)

Long Beach Asian Pacific Mental Health Program 
1975 Long Beach Blvd., Long Beach 90806
Phone (562) 599-9401
Open 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Mon. – Fri.
Walk-ins 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. Mon. – Fri.

Long Beach Child and Adolescent Clinic 
240 E. 20th St., Long Beach 90813
Phone (562) 940-6077

Long Beach Mental Health Center 
1975 Long Beach Blvd., Long Beach 90806
Phone (562) 599-9280
Open 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Mon. – Fri.
Walk-ins Mon. and Thurs. 7:30 a.m. – 8 a.m.

San Pedro Mental Health Center
150 W. 7th St., San Pedro 90731
Phone (310) 519-6100
Open 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Mon. – Fri.
Walk-ins 8 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
(Wellness Center)

South Bay Mental Health Center 
2311 W. El Segundo Blvd., Hawthorne 90250
Phone (323) 241-6730
Open 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Mon – Fri
Appointment only
(Wellness Center)

National Mental Health Association 
1078 Atlantic Ave., Long Beach 90813
Phone (562) 436-8585
(Wellness Center)

St. John’s Health Center MH Services for Deaf & Hard of Hearing
1339 20th St., Santa Monica 90404
Phone (310) 829-8536
Phone (800) 700-9996
Open 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. Mon. – Thurs.; Friday 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Appointment only

Benefits Assistance Backup
2120 W. 8th St., Ste. 207, Los Angeles 90057
Phone (213) 368-1888

Consumer-run non-profit agency helping mental health clients and homeless obtain/process Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and/or Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits. Also advocates for issues related to consumer needs in Los Angeles County.

(Service Area 4)

Center for Health Care Rights 
(LA County only) Phone (213) 383-4519
520 S. Lafayette Park Pl., Ste. 214, Los Angeles 90057
Phone (800) 824-0780

Private non-profit organization providing information, advocacy, some litigation, and community education programs for the mentally disabled, elderly and handicapped regarding Medicare, Medi-Cal and Medi-Gap HMO’s.

Los Angeles County Public Social Services
Metro Special Aids District
2707 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles 90007-6623
Phone (213) 744-5611

Administers General Relief, Food Stamps, AFDC, Cal-Works and Medi-Cal Programs. Call and give your zip code to find an office near you.

(Service Area 6)

Mental Health Advocacy Services
1336 Wilshire Blvd., Ste. 102, Los Angeles 90017-1705
Phone (213) 389-2077

Provides legal advocacy for consumers with benefit issues
(i.e., SSDI, SSI, Medicare, Medi-Cal)

(Service Area 4)

Social Security General Information 
Open 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. (800) 772-1213

Eligibility Questions (800) 456-2387
State Medi-Cal (213) 897-0745

Social Security Administration (800) 772-1213

Provides information and answers questions regarding SSI and SSA benefits but may not be local.

Phone (310) 305-8878

Project Return Peer Support Network
6055 Washington Blvd., Ste. 900, Commerce 90040
Phone (323) 346-0960

(Service Area 7)

WCIL (Westside Center of Independent Living)
12901 Venice Blvd., Los Angeles 90066
Phone (310) 390-3611

Provides independent living advocacy services to physically and mentally disabled individuals such as housing, in-home supportive services, benefits, and peer support.

(Service Area 5)

Mental Health Commission
550 S. Vermont Ave., 12th Flr., Los Angeles 90020
Phone (213) 738-4772

Hall of Records
320 W. Temple St., 9th Flr., Los Angeles 90012
Phone (213) 974-0549

Hall of Records
320 W. Temple St., 9th Flr., Los Angeles 90012
Phone (213) 974-0515

Investigates the need for conservatorships of individuals incapable of managing their own affairs. Administers the estates and arranges care for the individuals after authority has been received by the court.

Department of Animal Care and Control - (Headquarters)
5898 Cherry Ave., Long Beach 90805
Phone (562) 728-4882

Holds microchip clinics at various sites during the evening hours and on Saturdays. Visit the department’s website or contact a local animal shelter for microchip clinic dates, times, and locations.

Microchip Program

Department of Animal Care and Control - (Headquarters)
5898 Cherry Ave., Long Beach 90805
Phone (562) 728-4882

Holds microchip clinics at various sites during the evening hours and on Saturdays. Visit the department’s website or contact a local animal shelter for microchip clinic dates, times, and locations.

Military and Veterans Affairs, Department of

Administrative Office
2615 S. Grand Ave., Ste. 100, Los Angeles 90007
Phone (213) 744-4827
Veterans Burials............................................................. 213-744-4831
Veterans Claims Assistance.......................................... 213-744-4825
Medi-Cal Long Term Care................................................ 213-744-4847
Veterans Advisory Commission...................................... 213-744-4827
Welfare-SSI Referals...................................................... 213-744-4825
Public Information............................................................ 213-744-4841

Bob Hope Patriotic Hall
(The building is temporarily closed due to renovation.)

Administers Bob Hope Patriotic Hall, a 10-story building with meeting rooms, auditorium, gymnasium, and banquet facilities available to the public.

Veterans Services Division
Main Office
2615 S. Grand Ave., Ste. 100, Los Angeles 90007
Phone (877) 4 LA VETS (452-8387)

Counsels veterans, their dependents and survivors regarding federal and state benefits such as compensation, pension, education, medical, home loans, burial, etc.

Provides referrals for veterans concerning alcohol/drug abuse, and post-traumatic stress disorders. Grants state college tuition and fee waivers to qualifying veterans' dependents. Assists with application for special vehicle veterans’ license plates.

Field Offices

Culver City -
5730 Uplander Way., # 100, Culver City 90230
Phone (310) 641-0326 (Mon. – Fri.)

East Los Angeles Vet Center -
5400 E. Olympic Blvd., # 140, Los Angeles 90022
Phone (323) 728-9966 (Mon. – Fri.)

Lancaster -
335A E. Ave., K-6, Lancaster 93535
Phone (661) 723-4495 (Mon. – Fri.)
777 Jackman St., Lancaster 93534
Phone (661) 726-4410 (Mon. and Wed.)

Long Beach -
Villages at Cabrillo
2001 River Ave., Long Beach 90810
Phone (562) 388-8008 (Wednesday only)

Los Angeles -
VA Outpatient Clinic
351 E. Temple St., Rm. B-307, Los Angeles 90012
Phone (213) 253-2677 Ext. 4605 (Mon. – Fri.)
(closed every other Monday)

Rancho Dominguez -
17600 "B" Santa Fe Ave., Rancho Dominguez 90221
Phone (310) 761-2221 (Mon. – Fri.)

Santa Clarita -
24271 San Fernando Rd., Newhall 91321
Phone (661) 254-3413 (Tue., Thurs., and Fri.)

Sepulveda -
VA Outpatient Clinic
16111 Plummer St., Rm. B-114, Sepulveda 91343
Phone (818) 891-7711 Ext. 9146 (Mon. and Fri.)

West Covina -
1427 West Covina Pkwy., #100, West Covina 91790
Phone (626) 813-3402 (Fridays)

West Los Angeles -
VA Greater Los Angeles Comprehensive Homeless Center
11301 Wilshire Blvd. Bldg 206 - Rm. B-32, Los Angeles 90073
Phone (310) 478-3711 Ext. 48425 (Mon. – Fri.)

Missing Persons

Sheriff -
5747 Rickenbacker Rd., Commerce 90040
Phone (323) 890-5504

Mosquitos (Breeding, Drainage, Standing Water)

(For dead birds, see Veterinary Public Health)
(For more information on West Nile Virus specifically, visit or (800) 427-8700)

Antelope Valley Mosquito and Vector Control District
Phone (626) 814-9466

Compton Creek Mosquito Abatement District
Phone (310) 639-7375

Greater LA Vector Control District
District Headquarters: (562) 944-9656
Sylmar Branch: (818) 364-9589

San Gabriel Valley Mosquito and Vector Control
Phone (626) 814-9466

For residents that live in Pasadena or Long Beach, please contact the respective health departments for either city.

City of Pasadena, Environmental Health
Phone (626) 744-6004

City of Long Beach Health and Human Services,
Vector Control Program
Phone (562) 570-4132


Museum of Natural History

(See Natural History Museum, Page Museum at La Brea Tar Pits and La Brea Tar Pits under "Museums")


Museum of Art, Los Angeles County (LACMA)
5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles 90036
Phone (323) 857-6000
TDD for hearing impaired: (323) 857-0098

Centrally located in Los Angeles with a collection of more than 100,000 works spanning the history of art and the world’s cultures, LACMA is the county’s cultural town square. The museum sits on Wilshire Boulevard’s Miracle Mile between downtown L.A. and the Pacific Ocean, near Hollywood and Beverly Hills. LACMA offers the largest encyclopedic collection of art in the western United States, with curatorial centers focusing on Latin American art, Asian art, European painting and sculpture, and modern and contemporary art, photography, and more, along with world-class special exhibitions from around the world.

The museum is renowned for its educational and cultural programs, which annually serve hundreds of thousands of visitors, including children, seniors, and the physically challenged. A number of tours (free with admission) are offered six days per week for the general public and school groups. A mini-version of the Boone Children's Gallery resides inside of the Korean art galleries in the Hammer Building, where kids can learn about brush painting used in Korean art for free. The museum’s film and music programs are among the most robust and diverse in the country.

Parking for LACMA is located off 6th Street, just east of Fairfax Boulevard, with metered parking available on the museum’s bordering streets. For those with disabilities, elevator access is located in the parking garage or at the museum’s alternate entrance on Wilshire Boulevard and Spaulding Avenue. General admission is $12 for adults, $8 for students 18 and over with ID and senior citizens over 62; children 17 and under are admitted free. After 5 pm. every day the museum is open, LACMA’s “Pay What You Wish” program allows visitors to support the museum with an admission fee of their choosing. In addition, LACMA offers numerous opportunities for free admission, including Target Free Holiday Mondays. There is no charge to enter the museum’s permanent collections and non-ticketed special exhibitions on the second Tuesday of each month. The museum offers similar free access to all children 17 and under (and a caregiver) through the free NexGen membership program, which can be joined on the spot. General admission is free to those with LACMA memberships, which begin at $90 annually.

Museum hours: Mon., Tues., and Thurs: Noon to 8 p.m.
Fri: Noon to 9 p.m.; Sat. and Sun.: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Closed: Wednesdays, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.

Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
900 Exposition Blvd., Los Angeles 90007 (in Exposition Park)
Phone (213) 763-DINO
TTY: (213) 763-3569

The Natural History Museum (NHM) has amassed one of the world’s most extensive and valuable collections of natural and cultural history — more than 35 million objects, some as old as 4.5 billion years. Its curatorial staff not only cares for those collections, but uses them for groundbreaking scientific and historic research. The museum also curates new, immersive exhibitions that give visitors the opportunity to explore the “big picture” of our planet — specimens and objects, the stories behind them, and the ways that the natural and cultural worlds interact. Permanent exhibitions include:

- Dinosaurs, fossils and other extinct animals
- Gems and minerals
- Dioramas filled with North American, African and exotic
- The Ralph M. Parson Discovery Center
- The Ralph M. Parsons Insect Zoo
- The Dino Lab: Real Dinosaurs, Real Paleontologists
- Birds
- The Visible Vault: Archeological Treasures from Latin
- California and American history.

The museum is a teacher resource for Southern California educators: Its halls contain content for lessons that meet California state curriculum standards, and there are downloadable lesson plans and activities on the museum’s website. The museum houses the Ralph M. Parsons Discovery Center, an interactive, family-friendly space where visitors can handle artifacts and specimens, excavate fossils in a simulated dig pit, and watch live animal presentations while learning about camouflage, habitat and their important contributions to the planet. The Insect Zoo features more than 30 live exhibits, including tarantulas, Australian and Vietnamese walking sticks, velvet ants, Madagascan hissing cockroaches, emperor scorpions, and giant African millipedes. Both the Discovery and the Insect Zoo are located on the ground floor of the museum and are open during museum operating hours.

The museum offers school tours, community outreach programs, free family programming on the weekends, and day camps called “Adventures in Nature.” Its nighttime First Fridays series attracts an adult crowd with compelling discussions, DJs, and live bands. The new Sustainable Sundays series encourages conservation by giving visitors access to community activists and international scientists.

Hours: Open seven days a week, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Closed on New Year’s Day, Independence Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Admission: $9 for adults, $6.50 for students and senior citizens, $2 for children 5-12. Museum members and children under 5 are free. Parking is available for $8, but is subject to change depending upon Exposition activities.

Groups of 10 or more can receive discounted rates by calling (213) 763-3218. Admission is free on the first Tuesday of each month.

Reservations are required.

Recorded Information: (213) 763-DINO
Educational Programs: (213) 763-EDRU
Membership: (213) 763-3426
School Tours: (213) 463-3333

The Natural History Museum also operates the Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits and William S. Hart Park and Museum.

Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits
5801 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles 90036 (in Hancock Park)
Phone (323) 934-PAGE
TTY: (323) 857-6332

The Page Museum showcases Ice Age fossils from one of the most famous active excavation localities in the world – the La Brea Tar Pits. Many of the permanent exhibits are designed with family interaction in mind: Visitors are invited to test their strength against the pull of asphalt, and touch a massive leg bone of an extinct giant ground sloth. Through the windows of the transparent Fishbowl Lab, guests can watch bones being cleaned and repaired by lab volunteers.

Outside the museum, the 23-acre grounds feature the still-bubbling Lake Pit, life-size models of extinct mammoths, and a Pleistocene Garden which reveals what Los Angeles looked like 10,000 to 40,000 years ago during the last Ice Age, when animals such as saber-toothed cats and mammoths roamed the L.A. Basin. Visitors can also watch live excavation from July to early September as paleontologists extract fossils from asphalt as a part of Project 23. The fossil observation areas are open free to the public.

Hours: Open seven days a week 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Closed New Year’s Day, Independence Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Admission: $7 for adults, $4.50 for students and senior citizens, $2 for children 5-12. Museum members and children under 5 are free. Parking is available for $6 with validation.

Admission is free on the first Tuesday of each month.

Recorded Information: (323) 934-PAGE
Educational Programs: (323) 857-6305
Membership: (213) 763-3426
School Tours: (213) 763-3333

William S. Hart Park and Museum
24151 Newhall Ave., Newhall 91321 (in Hart Park)
Phone (661) 254-4584
Park info: (661) 259-0855

William Hart, nicknamed "Two Gun Bill," was a star and director of western films from the silent era. His palatial estate is open to the public, complete with personal effects and furnishings, movie memorabilia, and Hart’s important collection of Native American artifacts and Western American art. The grounds, called Hart Park, feature hiking trails, picnic areas, a campground and live animals, including a herd of bison.

Hours: Mid-September through mid-June: Wednesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. (last tour 12:30 p.m.); Saturday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. (last tour 3:30 p.m.). Summer months: Wednesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. (last tour 3:30 p.m.).

Admission: Free tours available; groups must telephone for

Music Center

135 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles 90012
Phone (213) 972-7211 for information and tickets

Operates as a public-private partnership between the County of Los Angeles and the Performing Arts Center of Los Angeles County. The Music Center is one of the three largest and most highly regarded performing arts centers in the United States. Attracting nearly 2 million visitors annually, the Music Center offers a variety of programming, including Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at the Music Center, Active Arts at the Music Center, Blue Ribbon Presents Global Pop at the Music Center, programming for children and families throughout the year and tours of all four venues. Its services and leadership in support of K-12 arts education are nationally recognized. The Music Center is home to four internationally acclaimed resident companies: Los Angeles Philharmonic, Center Theatre Group, LA Opera and Los Angeles Master Chorale. Its four main venues — Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Ahmanson Theatre, Mark Taper Forum, and Walt Disney Concert Hall — are complemented by a vibrant collection of outdoor theaters, plazas, and gardens.

Name Change

Superior Court
(213) 974-5192

Mandatory Judicial Council forms are required for changing your name.  To change your name by the court petition method, contact your local Superior Court clerk for the proper forms or print them from the Los Angeles County Superior Court website at  You will need the Petition for Change of Name, Decree Changing Name and Order to Show Cause for Change of Name.

It is not necessary to obtain a court decree to change your name. Generally, you just start using the new name, and change every place where it appears - driver's license, bank records, Social Security, etc. However, it is illegal to change your name to hide your identity in order to commit a fraud (such as concealing the fact that you're a registered sex offender).

Women are not required to obtain an order in a divorce decree to restore their maiden names, though it may assist in keeping vital statistics straight.

Women do not need to petition for a name change upon marriage. The marriage certificate is recorded and provides any and all documentation needed to provide a record at the state and county level of the basis for the change of name. This is true whether the wife decides to adopt her husband's name, use a hyphenated name, or just keep her maiden name.

Natural Areas

Parks and Recreation

Deane Dana Friendship Park Nature Center -
1805 W. 9th St., San Pedro 90732
Phone (310) 519-6115 Information

Devil's Punchbowl Natural Area -
28000 Devil's Punchbowl Rd., Pearblossom 93553
Phone (661) 944-2743

Eaton Canyon Natural Area and Nature Center -
1750 N. Altadena Dr., Pasadena 91107
Phone (626) 398-5420

Placerita Canyon Nature Center -
19152 Placerita Cyn Rd., Newhall 91321
Phone (661) 259-7721 Information

San Dimas Canyon Natural Area and Nature Center -
1628 N. Sycamore Cyn Rd., San Dimas 91773
Phone (909) 599-7512 Information

Vasquez Rocks County Natural Area -
10700 W. Escondido Cyn Rd., Agua Dulce 91390
Phone (661) 268-0840 Information

Whittier Narrows Natural Area and Nature Center -
1000 N. Durfee Ave., South El Monte 91733
Phone (626) 575-5523 Information

Notary Public Oath And Bond

Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk
Website: or

Whether you are a new or renewing notary public, you may take oath and file your bond at the following offices of the Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk: 12400 Imperial Hwy., Rm. 2001, Norwalk (562) 462-2177; 1028 W. Ave. J-2, Lancaster (661) 945-6446; 14340 W. Sylvan St., Van Nuys (818) 374-7191; or 11701 S. La Cienega Blvd., 6th FIr., Los Angeles (310) 727-6142. Oath and bonds are taken at the district offices by appointment only. The fee is $35. There will be a small additional fee if the notary bond form does not comply with the existing recording law regarding form size and reservation of space.